Joshua Homme, Royal Festival Hall, gig review

Meltdown curator James Lavelle's introduction of the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman (not Josh tonight) as a “sometime comedian” turns out to be misleading.

Mark Oliver Everett of Eels performing in Glasgow, June 2014

Eels, Bridgewater Hall, gig review: 'Cathartic'

When it comes to describing their music, Mark Oliver Everett knows better than anyone. “Sweet, soft bummer rock” he calls it. Eels, who have just released their eleventh album, might be on to something of a downer it is true, but it is an exquisite gloom they cast.

Keaton Henson has struggled to cope with crippling stage fright

Ultraviolence: Lana Del Rey Album Review

Remember the great musical non-debate that once raged over Lizzie Grant, aka Lana Del Rey? A supposedly fickle wannabe, who, having tried the dressed-down, singer-songwriter approach, decided to trick the world with a carefully constructed pop persona. It subsided of course, in the face of the unassailable tunes of Born to Die. But what this sequel reveals is just how wrong her original accusers got it: Del Rey’s problem isn’t fickleness, but over-consistency.

Martin & Eliza Carthy, Southbank Centre, review

Martin and Eliza Carthy’s tour for their debut album of duets, The Moral Of The Elephant, reached the Queen Elizabeth Hall with special guests – sitar player Sheema Mukherjee, actor Gabrielle Drake and some toy elephants – around which they fashioned a night of folkloric intimacy, play, history and social commentary.

Frank Black of the Pixies performs on stage

Field Day 2014 review: Pixies play a passable headline set

The heavens bless London’s hipster Christmas with perfect sunshine for its first year as a two-dayer, yet Sky Ferreira belts out her smart, shimmering pop from within a Gallagher-esque parka.

There’s the band’s unyielding energy and their musicianship. But what really keeps us on edge is how we’re kept guessing

Arcade Fire Earl's Court gig review: Fan favourites bring out a few surprises to fill the gaps between 'Funeral' classics

Few gig reviews require spoiler alerts. But then few bands take over a huge arena in style quite like this.

The singing nun

Jeanine Deckers' The Singing Nun/ Soeur Sourire, album review

Not that many nuns have topped the charts. Discounting Julie Andrews as a make-believe one, perhaps the only contender was a bespectacled Belgian called Jeanine Deckers who caused something of a sensation in the early 1960s when her song “Dominique”, a light, singalong but incredibly catchy number in praise of the founder of the Dominican order to which she belonged topped the US charts.

Snoop Dogg performs on stage at Coachella, 2012

Snoop Dogg, Brixton Academy, gig review: A rip-roaring tour through the rapper's best hits

He may have sold out but he knows he's a brand and loves playing on it

New Zealand singer Lorde

Lorde, Shepherd's Bush Empire, gig review: 'Malignantly powerful'

The 16-year-old exacts total respect with the least visible strain

In at the sharp end: Johnny Borrell

Razorlight, Electric Ballroom, gig review

Borrell may chafe at his musical baggage, but those Razorlight tunes are proving hard to shift

Prince, London Roundhouse, gig review: Endless medley of hits renders modern artists embarrassingly under-accomplished

Part Two of the artist's guerrilla series of live dates gave fans just 48 hours to descend upon the venue for a set packed with classics

Latest Video
Arts and Entertainment
Thomas carried Lady Edith over the flames in her bedroom in Downton Abbey series five

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, seated next to a picture of his missing wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike

Arts and Entertainment
Rachel, Chandler and Ross try to get Ross's sofa up the stairs in the famous 'Pivot!' scene

Friends 20th anniversary
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham

Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey

There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turning

Arts and Entertainment
Chloe-Jasmine Whicello impressed the judges and the audience at Wembley Arena with a sultry performance
TVReview: Who'd have known Simon was such a Roger Rabbit fan?
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Frost will star in the Doctor Who 2014 Christmas special

Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear

Arts and Entertainment
Actor and director Zach Braff

Arts and Entertainment
Maisie Williams plays 'bad ass' Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me

Arts and Entertainment
The former Doctor Who actor is to play a vicar is search of a wife

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC

Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding

Arts and Entertainment
Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne modelling

Arts and Entertainment
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum

Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

The Independent
The Independent on Google+
i100 on Google+
i Newspaper
The Independent around the web
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    Career Services

    Day In a Page

    Independent Travel
    Languedoc Roussillon
    Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains
    The Jura Mountains
    Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast
    Prices correct as of 17 September 2014
    A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

    Not That Kind of Girl:

    A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

    In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

    Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
    Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

    Model mother

    Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
    Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

    Apple still the coolest brand

    Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments